First meeting of the Fabergé Museum Advisory Board takes place in St. Petersburg

First meeting of the Fabergé Museum Advisory Board takes place in St. Petersburg

The first session of the Fabergé Museum Advisory Board took place on July 21 in the Shuvalov Palace in St. Petersburg. Over the course of two days, the Advisory Board discussed the Museum's research, exhibition and publishing projects for the coming years, studied items from the Museum collection, and considered proposals for the acquisition of new exhibits.

The final event of the meeting of the Advisory Board was the public lecture "Fabergé: The fate of sold Russian treasures", given by art historian and curator of the most important international Fabergé exhibitions, Dr. Géza von Habsburg. The lecture was attended by more than 100 people, including staff, teachers and students of fine art, artists, jewelers and journalists. The event partners were the Panasonic and Hennessey socio-cultural foundation.

The Advisory Board of the Fabergé Museum is one of just a few examples in Russia of an international expert advisory body set up in a large Museum. The council includes the world's leading experts on the works of Carl Fabergé and his firm's history: Géza von Habsburg (USA); Tatiana Muntean, a senior fellow at the Moscow Kremlin (Russia); Ulla Tillander, a Fabergé historian (Finland); Marina Lopato, a leading researcher of the State Hermitage Museum (Russia); Valentin Skurlov, Expert of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation and consultant of Christie’s Auction House (Russia); Mark Schaffer, director of the antique gallery A La Vieille Russie (USA);  and Kieran McCarthy (Great Britain).

The Advisory Board was established in early 2014 to promote the research, education, and exhibition activities of the Fabergé Museum, as well as for the development of international relations and professional development of its employees.

 

The first meeting of the Fabergé Museum Advisory Board was a significant event not only for the Museum, but also for scholars of Fabergé worldwide. The famous House of Fabergé was ruined after the 1917 revolution, and Fabergé was forced into exile and died soon after. The most important of his masterpieces were sold abroad by the Soviet government. Recreating an objective historical picture of the life of Fabergé and the craftsmen of his firm, as well as clarifying the circumstances in which his masterpieces were created and their subsequent fate, is currently only possible by bringing together the world's leading experts. The work of the Advisory Board is meant to achieve this goal, as well as to transform the Fabergé Museum into an international scientific and expert center.

The Council intends to meet at least twice a year--its next meeting is scheduled for the beginning of October 2014, when the Fabergé Museum will host the third international symposium dedicated to the works of Fabergé, an event which will bring together scholars, collectors, and admirers of the great jeweler from around the world.